Malawi native speaks out against AIDS

By Nina Scimenes
October 30, 2003

Did you know that nearly 800,000 cases of AIDS have been reported in just the United States? AIDS is an issue that affects humanity worldwide. AIDS is most severe in African countries where 28 million are suffering with HIV/AIDS.

Cabrini College will have a guest speaker share first-hand experiences dealing with HIV and AIDS in Malawi, a small country in Africa. Abbie Asha Marambika Shawa will be speaking on behalf of the Catholic Relief Services on Tuesday, Nov. 11 in the Grace Hall board room 1:50 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.

Shawa is the program manager who is primarily involved with his own community of Malawi. Having already spoken at nearby Villanova University, Shawa is a veteran to the area. Cabrini’s Campus Ministry arranged for Shawa to be a guest speaker. He will be discussing the influence of HIV/AIDS in Malawi, and explaining the responsibilities of Catholic Relief Services, whose world headquarters are in Baltimore, Md. “He is unique because he has dealt with these issues first-hand,” David Chiles, campus ministry coordinato, said..

Through Catholic Relief Services, Shawa brings his professional and personal knowledge to U.S Catholic communities. Shawa’s work reflects his life; he has 24 years of experience fighting for survival in Malawi. The country of Malawi is plagued with disaster. With an estimated population of 11 million people, one million of them are infected with HIV/AIDS. Recently the life expectancy of Malawi has been dropped to 41 years. which is caused by a combination of natural disasters, and HIV/AIDS.

All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to hear Shawa stories of struggle, and sacrifice.

Posted to the web by: Cecelia Francisco

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